New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Allegany Engine Company, Columbia County and the Town of Tuxedo.
“In today’s fiscal climate, budget transparency and accountability for our local communities is a top priority,” said DiNapoli. “By auditing municipal finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is being spent appropriately and effectively.”
The board does not provide adequate oversight of the company’s financial activities. The treasurer withdrew $12,505 in cash from the company’s fundraiser savings account without board approval.
The surrogate court clerk’s records could not verify that all court-ordered deposits had been properly received and deposited. Auditors also identified $49,493 which has not been turned over to the Office of State Comptroller as abandoned property even though the funds have been in the custody of the treasurer for over three years.
The supervisor did not maintain complete, accurate and up-to-date accounting records because he did not properly oversee the bookkeeper’s work. In addition, the town’s annual independent audit did not assess internal controls, ensure that financial records were complete or properly account for town justice court revenue.
For access to state and local government spending and nearly 50,000 state contracts, visit OpenBookNY. The easy-to-use website was created by Comptroller DiNapoli to promote openness in government and provide taxpayers with better access to the financial workings of government.